At its core, dentistry is a team project. We used to define it as a multidisciplinary treatment planning , but in doing so we are not really working in concert with each other, each specialist is finalizing his work according to his or her best abilities not taking into consideration the final outcome and a patient centered custom plan. But all of the specialties working in concert can produce a truly interdisciplinary, patient-centered experience. From the simplest crown to the most complex orthognathic-prosthetic reconstruction, every patient is a team effort. And every patient is part of the team.Each patient is entitled to a complete examination and an ideal treatment plan. It is only by knowing what the ideal is, that we can make intelligent compromises.
Once a complete problem list is outlined, we can begin creating a treatment plan. The planner can be an orthodontist, a prosthodontist, or a general dentist. The other team members need to be consulted on feasibility, cost containment, and effort. Planning should go to creating an ideal treatment plan that will suit best for the patient.
Any and all diagnostic records that can be obtained should be taken to allow a comprehensive plan to be developed. By taking a set of diagnostic records, a thorough evaluation can be completed and a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed.
With these records, the restorative dentist can develop a treatment plan and decide whether it falls within the scope of their practice. If it does, then the plan should be executed and discussed with the patient. If not, then the restorative dentist should get their team involved. This team can include other specialists like, orthodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists and without forgetting the lab technicians.
The team approach to treatment allows the patient to have the best possible outcome to resolve their functional and aesthetic problems, in a conservative and predictable result.
After collection of records and planning the treatment, presentation of the plan to the patient is one of the most important steps to start executing the planned work.
During the scope of this presentation we will go over clinical cases that are either completed with follow up or in the process of completion . We will understand through these cases the proper Interdisciplinary treatment planning step by step before and after the diagnostic phase.